Merry Christmas, Big Ten fans! Indiana and Nebraska are set to kick off the Big Ten bowl season Saturday as the Hoosiers will take on Duke in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, while the Huskers will battle UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl. There are 12 bowl games in the books, but just because the Big Ten has yet to play, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of Big Ten story lines surrounding bowl season.
To help usher in the New Year, we're reliving some of the best in Big Ten football from a highly successful 2015 calendar year. Today, it's our five off-the-field moments of 2015.
Six Big Ten men’s basketball teams were in action on Wednesday night, highlighted by two games on BTN. Caris LeVert had 19 points and eight assists and Zak Irvin added 16 points as Michigan finished its non-conference schedule with a 96-60 rout of Bryant in the first game of the evening. Nigel Hayes scored 24 points and interim head coach Greg Gard picked up his first career win as Wisconsin topped Green Bay, 84-79. In other Big Ten action: Illinois got by Missouri, 68-63, Rutgers cruised by Fairleigh Dickinson, 72-64, Minnesota fell to Milwaukee, 74-65, and Penn State topped Kent
Penn State remains a work in progress, but James Franklin continues to make progress in his second season. He has the program in a bowl for a second season in a row. But personnel shortcomings are apparent as the effects of probation are still being felt from a depth standpoint. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The offensive line remains an issue, as the front is unable to get a consistent
Both days of the 53rd Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Northwestern will be available live and for free beginning Tuesday morning and running through Wednesday night. In this post, learn how to watch two days of non-stop wrestling competition live featuring many of the nation’s top-ranked wrestling teams and individuals on BTN and BTN2Go. Tuesday’s first session starts at 10:30 a.m. ET, and the second sessions begin at 8 p.m. Here’s one link to the page for all eight mat cameras on Tuesday. We have also added individual links to each mat during both sessions at the body of this page.
Ten former Big Ten players, not including ex-Nebraska punter Sam Koch (2001-05), were named to the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl, it was announced Tuesday night. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ] Former Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson, who recently announced he will retire at season’s end, will make his ninth Pro Bowl appearance to highlight the Big Ten names. Wisconsin paces the conference with four players, including all-world defensive end J.J. Watt and white-hot quarterback Russell Wilson. The Pro Bowl is at 7 p.m. ET Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. See
We had a loaded slate of men’s basketball games on Tuesday as seven Big Ten teams were in action. [ MORE: Catch up on Big Ten scores with our college basketball scoreboard ] Indiana got things started with an impressive 99-72 victory over Kennesaw St. on BTN. Michigan State followed with a 99-93 win over Oakland in overtime. With the victory, the Spartans improve to 13-0, which marks the best start in program history. Purdue topped Vanderbilt, 68-55, in the second game on BTN. In other action: Nebraska topped Prairie View A&M, 81-50, Iowa cruised by Tennessee Tech, 85-63, Ohio
With the 2015 college football regular season complete and the start of Big Ten bowl season less than a week away, it’s time to relive the season from the perspective of Big Ten beat writers. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] BTN.com recently asked a beat writer for every team to answer the same four questions, as part of our annual beat writers’ season recap. Today’s final topic: Players to watch
It’s the final week of non-conference play. That’s right, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, the Big Ten conference season tips off. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Before the games really start to count, and before you check out for the holiday break, it’s time to share my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Editor’s note: All records are through Sunday, Dec. 20 action. See my latest list below: 1. Michigan State (12-0). Tom Izzo is still working
With the 2015 college football regular season complete and the start of Big Ten bowl season less than a week away, it’s time to relive the season from the perspective of Big Ten beat writers. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] BTN.com recently asked a beat writer for every team to answer the same four questions, as part of our annual beat writers’ season recap. Today’s topic: Most valuable players. Previously,